KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 2020 : Two new Covid-19 clusters have been detected and named Bukit Tiram cluster and Kuching construction site cluster.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Bukit Tiram cluster detected in Taman Bukit Tiram in Ulu Tiram, Johor had two positive cases.
“This cluster was identified when there were two positive cases reported at a religious centre in Taman Bukit Tiram, Johor. The two positive cases (Case 8,868 and Case 8,869) detected from this cluster are non-Malaysians, who work at the centre.
“The two cases began to show symptoms on July 15, but they did not seek treatment at any health facility. They later conducted a Covid-19 screening and were found to be positive on July 24,” said Dr Noor Hisham.
Ten close contacts from the new cluster have been identified and screened with results pending.
Investigations into the origins of the infection and active case detection are still ongoing.
As for the Kuching construction site cluster, the first case from this cluster (Case 8,8715) was detected on July 11.
A total of 55 close contacts have been identified where five are housemates and 50 are colleagues. They have been screened and found to be negative,
“This cluster was identified when one positive case (Case 8,881) was detected from a second screening of Case 8,715’s close contacts. Active case detection is still ongoing. The origin of this cluster is still under investigation,” said Dr Noor Hisham.
He also said 23 new Covid-19 cases had been detected over the past 24 hours. bringing the country’s cumulative total to 8,884 cases.
Six of them are imported cases involving four Malaysians and two non-Malaysians who were allowed entry for business.
They were from Singapore (three cases), Indonesia (one case), the Philippines (one case) and Russia (one case).
As for the 17 locally transmitted cases, 10 are Malaysians and seven non-Malaysians.
Currently a total of 167 infectious cases have been isolated for treatment.
Meanwhile, 17 Covid-19 patients have been discharged, leading to a total cumulative recovery of 8,594 cases, which is 96.7 per cent of the cases in the country.
Currently, three Covid-19 cases are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit, of which two require ventilators.
There are no new deaths and the cumulative death cases for Covid-19 in Malaysia remains at 123 cases or 1.38 per cent of the total cases reported.